Today in Memphis, we say goodbye to Juice and Cockadoos, hello to a new Overton Square bar and clear up some of the myths about Voodoo Village. Also, I need your help with something (but don't worry – it's easy).
Here's your Wednesday news update:
(Metal trees, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tenn.)
- First, it's business time: the annual I Love Memphis readers' survey is up, and I would really appreciate it if you'd take a few minutes to fill it out. Your feedback will help me make the blog even better in the coming year. Remember, I can't meet your needs if you don't tell me what they are.
- It's time to retire your "Juice is my homeboy" t-shirts. Former Memphis Grizzlies guard OJ Mayo has signed with the Dallas Mavericks.
- Do you like making clothes? Are you up for a Project Runway-style challenge? Memphis City Beautiful is looking for artists and designers for their annual Trashion show (where people model clothing made of recycled materials). Apply here.
- Here's a bunch of restaurant news: Cockadoos (the best place to eat downtown after 1 a.m.) has closed. McDonald's is looking to hire 1000 people in the Memphis area. A franchise bar that promises to keep things local is moving into the huge, empty former comedy club in Overton Square.
- You love the new bike lanes on McLean, but you still need somewhere to park. The city is working on it.
- Lastly, Voodoo Village isn't a place to go to get scared – it's someone's home. For a limited time, though, you can see some of the sculptures from St. Paul's Spiritual Temple in the "Soul of the City" exhbit at the Brooks Musuem through Sept. 2.